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4/6/08 8:47 P

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I've just gotten the opportunity to read all the entries on this thread. The first thing that comes to my mind is that this is truly a great team. The support that you all have shown in just welcoming us is unbelievable.

Thank you!

Have a Sparktacular Day!


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4/6/08 7:32 P

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I actually find it kind of interesting, there are a group of people who join this team "a little early" meaning they are close to goal and want to dip their toe in the maintenance pool, maybe to check the temperature, and see how it will work for them. Probably the advance planning types.

Then there are those who join the day their scale hits their particular goal weight, they knew about the team, maybe even read some of the threads, but waited to join until they had hit their goal. In my pool metaphor I guess these are those who would just get the to pool and dive right in.

And the third group are those that have been at maintenance for a while, but waited to join until they were sure they would stay there.

I suppose a forth group would be the ones who hit maintenance, and didn't realize there was a team for that, but stumbled across it one day and joined (that would be me!)

I like the fact that anyone can join whenever they feel they need to, and I'm so appreciative that we have a place for support in maintenance, so welcome to all of you who have joined in the last few days!

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4/5/08 10:55 A

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LeeLynn - no offense here! On the contrary, that's why we're all here - to learn from each other about the maintenance lifestyle and to support each other. What better time than now, shortly before reaching your goal, to start getting acquainted! Welcome!

Blessings, Michelle

Rom 8:37 "...in all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us."

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4/5/08 10:55 A

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Keywest,

I'm dubbing you my default maintenance buddy since we joined on the same thread and day. I haven't even looked at your page yet, I hope we'll be friends. LOL
Thanks for the welcome everyone.

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4/5/08 9:46 A

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A big emoticon and welcome to BOTH of you new members! Sounds like you've each come a long way!

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4/5/08 9:22 A

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Leelynn2, welcome to this thread emoticon I don't feel offended, I don't know why anyone else here would. It sounds like it's time for you to prepare for a maintenance diet and you were smart to join early. JMHO.

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4/5/08 9:21 A

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That's a very logical transition plan, Leelynn2. Let your body adjust to it's new weight, and then commit to another 10 lb. It IS scarey to first go on maintenance, but practice makes it less scarey as you go along.

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4/5/08 9:05 A

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I'm joining the team today myself. I've exceeded my weight loss goals on several occasions and I'm getting to the point where I'm ready to make the transition into maintenance. My thought is that I'd maintain here for a while and then maybe make a commitment to another 10 lbs in a few months if they don't naturally shed themselves. It seems weird to me to suddenly hit a goal and like a screeching train halting stop and say "I'm at maintenance now" It seems like it should be a more gradual transition like enjoying the scenery on a bike ride. So I joined early. Hope I don't offend anyone by it.

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4/5/08 7:04 A

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Like Zella, I was worried when I read "Or just may quit"
Congrats on reaching your goal!

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4/4/08 1:19 P

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Welcome and congrats! :)

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4/4/08 1:18 P

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Oooh, I got concerned when I read that you "just may quit" until I realized you meant that you're thinking about quitting the losing process!!!

Congratulations on reaching your size 8 goal, and on successfully forming new habits and making lots and lots of healthy choices over the past months! And, welcome to the world of maintenance! Lots of good advice has already been given here - setting new goals and figuring your personal maintenance range, etc.

As for me, I'm now at the weight (130) I was years ago when I wore a size 10. But my new clothes (following a weight loss of 40 pounds) range from size 2 to 6. Go figure! Part of that is changes in the clothing industry that wants us to think we are petit-er than we may be in reality! And part of the discrepancy is the fact that I have more muscle weight than I did back then. It's amazing what strength training can do!

Keep Sparking!

Edited by: ZELLAZM at: 4/5/2008 (08:54)
Blessings, Michelle

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4/4/08 1:13 P

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This is a great string; perfect timing for me to read as I have been getting so frustrated with myself and my expectations. I keep going back and forth between the mindset of 'Maintenance' and the mindset of 'Weightloss'. My goal is technically 120 pounds and I actually weigh in between 122 to 125. I'm happy with my body the way it is, I love my workout routines and have a food diet that allows me to eat a few treats and all the healthy foods I love without feeling deprived. But I was not at my original goal of 120.
I kept going back and forth as to whether or not I should just maintain what I knew I was happy with or - that Acheiver in me - actually accomplish that weight goal I set out with.
Now, I'm reminded that weight is only a number and my real goal was to get healthy, have a better sense of myself, and feel good in my own skin. And I have acheived those goals.
The suggestions here on setting other goals to focus on, changing my ticker tracker for a weight range, and changing my weight goal in SP here will be very helpful and re-invigorating.
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL FOR YOUR WEIGHTLOSS and maintenance of that. It can be so hard and discouraging sometimes and knowing that there are people out there just like me, experiencing the same things is so comforting and motivating.

There are two kinds of people, those that take the stairs and those that take the elevator. I will always strive to take the stairs!

May you all find the Spark in your life!


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4/4/08 10:13 A

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I'm 5'7" also but I weigh between 137-140 and I'm a size 14. It just goes to show how different body shapes are :D.

I'm happy at my weight being that I weighed 245 lbs at one time and through a diabetic diet and developing better eating habits I've managed to maintain it. The first thing I noticed when I met my goal is in changing my diet, my portion sizes started to grow. Bad habit there.... I've cut down my portions and occasionally treat myself to a sweet or two.

Congratulations on your loss, and keeping the pounds off!

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4/4/08 8:50 A

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WOO HOO!!!!

I also took a peek at your page, and saw that we're the same height. :D

I'm also right around 145 -- I range between 144 and 148, generally, and I am VERY happy where I am! :D I'm also a size 8.

I also agree it's time for some new goals... I'm working on the toning aspect, and just increased my free weights from 3 lbs to 5 lbs. My arms need work, though they look 20 times better than they did back in high school -- the last time I saw 145. LOL!

When I reached my goal weight (which was actually 155), I decided to keep tracking my food with my new maintenance calorie range -- set your current weight and goal weight to the same number, and set your goal date way off into the future, and it'll recalculate your range for you. I tracked for 4 months, to make sure I was comfortable with how much I needed to eat to maintain. :)

Welcome to the size 8 club! :D

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4/4/08 7:27 A

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I echo the idea of setting some new goals. When I got to my goal weight, I found myself a little lost, and I was having trouble staying motivated. Now I have changed my goals to reflect increased muscle tone and endurance, not as easy to measure I admit, but it helps keep me on track.

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4/4/08 6:54 A

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The advice about setting a weight range is solid.
Much as we all wish we could set a certain goal weight and find a way to stay right there every day, it just does not work that way. We go up and down a little. So the plan of setting a weight range, and immediately taking action if we go over the range, is a good one.

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4/3/08 11:25 P

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Welcome KeyWest! And congrats on your accomplishment--that's fantastic.

I think it's a very good thing that you're thinking about the implications of weight vs. size. For example, I weigh 135 but wear both 8 and 10 clothes (mostly 10), so for you to be a "solid size 8" is not necessarily the same as you weighing X number of pounds. So many factors like height, your muscle mass (since muscle is heavier) and your bone structure etc. can affect the number on the scale that I think the number is actually most helpful in maintenance, to tell you when your maintenance is at risk (i.e. the number is changing). It's helpful as a relative "am I being consistent" number rather than as the absolute, be-all-and-end-all goal. It sounds like you've figured that out, because you set that "or size 8" in your goal to give you another metric. That's very sensible, practical, and cool. So if you feel satisfied with where you are now, then welcome home! This is a great group and I think you'll enjoy yourself here. :)

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4/3/08 11:14 P

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Good job getting to a healthy weight and knowing when to stop.

My bit of advise is to start thinking about any other goals you would like to meet, like a fitness one. I have realized that without any sort of goal it has been too easy for me to ignore healthy habits and my old habits were starting to sneak in. I had a few bad weeks before I came to this realization. Use the nutrition tracker and measure your servings at least once or twice a week to keep serving sizes and food choices fresh in your mind.

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4/3/08 10:49 P

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Woohoo to you for reaching a healthy, happy weight! That's a big success. :) Once you're happy with your weight, reset your goal weight as your current one. This will readjust the nutrition tracker to a maintenance range. It might be disconcerting, though, as it will likely give you more calorie etc. allowances. Seems a lot of us eased back into the extra calories slowly and cautiously, with success. Now's the time you get to experiment, and find out what you can eat and keep yourself at goal.

Another thing that many of us in this group have done is to set a "goal range" for our weight. FOr example, mine is 120-125. As long as I stay within that range, I'm ok. If I step outside it, I know it's time to adjust my food and exercise a bit.

Keep a close eye on your weight, food, and exercise over the next month or so, and you'll find the spot where you're most comfortable.

And congrats again!

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4/3/08 10:25 P

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Hi there! As you can see from my SparkPage, I originally intended my goal to be 138 or size 8. I am now at size 8, quite comfortably, but weight 145. Since I want to be healthy, not skinny, I may end the weight loss at any time that I feel I look too thin--NEVER in my adult life did I EVER think I'd say that!!

So, in preparation for that moment, I hope to learn how to change my focus and how to maintain without losing nor gaining weight. That's why I am here...so THANK YOU in advance for all that you will be teaching me. I promise to pay it forward :)

Have a Sparktacular Day!


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